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Bridgestone sue Callaway over new ball

Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd., parent of Bridgestone Sports U.S.A., has filed a complaint against Callaway Golf Co.and its wholly owned subsidiary, Callaway Golf Ball Co., in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

The complaint alleges that Callaway's Rule 35 golf ball infringes four of Bridgestone Sports' United States patents. The patents, according to Bridgestone, cover various technologies relating to golf ball design, including solid golf balls. Bridgestone Sports is seeking monetary damages and an injunction.

Officials at Callaway, based in Carlsbad, Calif., were not immediately available for response. Bridgestone said that prior to introducing the Rule 35 golf balls in February, Callaway sought out Bridgestone Sports seeking a compromise to avoid infringement of the patents. After failing to secure a license from Bridgestone Sports, or modify the golf balls to avoid infringement, Callaway, according to Bridgestone, "inexplicably introduced the balls'' and then commenced with the sales.

Bridgestone said it has conducted extensive testing of Callaway's golf balls, which are constructed of three pieces including a solid core, an intermediate layer and a urethane cover, and has confirmed that Callaway infringes those patents. Bridgestone Sports is asking the District Court to find Callaway's infringement willful, to treble the monetary damages and award attorneys fees.

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